August 18, 2014
Today is Elder Rollins' 20th Birthday. :-)
He is moving to a different apartment in a few days
so don't mail anything to him unless you send it to the mission home.
I will post his new address as soon as I get it.
i am so blessed to be a missionary! :)
this was one of the best weeks of my mission! we didnt have a car at all this week so we walked a lot through the city!
Saturday we saw Gary who is a recent convert to the Kansas City 1st ward! he's a stud! he's been through a lot in his life. he's a vet and has had some unlucky circumstance that have caused him to be put in a wheel chair but he has been such a strength to me seeing him push through the pain to get to church week in and week out! he is awesome.
we got to go back to Odessa for the baptism of brother and sister rogers and there was nothing like it! i was told i was performing one of the baptisms. i felt so honored to be able to take part in such a sacred ordinance! and i received the biggest compliment i've ever been given! brother mayo said in all his days as a missionary and ward mission leader and as a member of the church he has never had a missionary make such a huge impact on a ward. i about cried to hear that. i guess people still talk about me and ive been mentioned in testimonies and things like that. i hope someday you guys will come out to missouri and visit these places with me, like next year sometime when i come back for the Rogers sealing!
Brother and Sister Rogers are in the middle in their baptismal clothing. Elder Wright, Hayes's previous companion in Odessa, is the tall missionary.
Looks like Hayes was able to reunite with Elder Bitton! Elder Rollins and Elder Bitton were the two elders who opened up this area. :-)
i love the work i'm doing!! sharing the gospel is so fun! sharing the gospel is #1 hahaha lol but seriously this Gospel is amazing! it has truly changed my life and having the opportunity to share it with others is the biggest blessing i could ever imagine!
i love you! i miss you both so much and cant wait to get home and be with you again, but i know this is what i need to be doing right now! i have so much to do here in this new area.
my new area is struggling with supporting the missionaries. the past missionaries have all been pretty weird and not super stalwart. they were laxidasical and the wards been beat up by those type of missionaries quite a bit. most of the ward just feels like they have been used a lot so its gonna be a long road in this area.
the work here is amazing but we need the members to have our back which is why i think i have been called here, to help the ward regain their love for missionary work! i think thats what i'm good at.